QChennai: Kamal Reveals Key Party Members; Defence Quad in TN

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.

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Just days after announcing the name of his party, Kamal Haasan has announced the list of key members of his party.
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1. Days After Launch, Kamal Haasan Announces Key Members of MNM Party

On 21 February, Kamal embarked on his political tour, beginning from former President late APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence in Rameswaram. 
On 21 February, Kamal embarked on his political tour, beginning from former President late APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence in Rameswaram. 
(Photo Courtesy: Kamal Haasan PR Team)

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who launched his political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam on 21 February, announced the “first set of key party members” on Tuesday. The list of 15 members come from various walks of life, ranging from entertainment to law to former bureaucrats. However, only two women feature on the list.

The list includes some known faces like industrialist CK Kumaravel and actor Sripriya Rajkumar among others, who had previously welcomed Kamal Haasan’s political entry on social media. They were also seen on stage with him at the Ottakattai Grounds in Madurai, where the actor had unveiled his party flag, name and objectives.

(Source: The News Minute)

2. Government Starts Process to Build India's First Defence 'Quad'

The defence ministry will soon engage a top consultancy firm to draw up the detailed project report for the ‘Quad’.
The defence ministry will soon engage a top consultancy firm to draw up the detailed project report for the ‘Quad’.
(Photo: Harsh Sahani/The Quint)

The Defence Ministry has started the process to set up the country's first defence industrial corridor linking Chennai with four other cities of Tamil Nadu to promote industries manufacturing weapons and military equipment. Officials said the 'Quad' or quadrilateral corridor will connect Chennai, Hosur, Coimbatore, Salem and Tiruchirappalli and the ministry is finalising the broad contours of the project.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech on 2 February, had announced that two defence industrial production corridors will be set up in the country to promote domestic defence industry.

(Source: Economic Times)

3. Farmers, Parties Upset over Centre’s Stand on Cauvery Board

The Supreme Court on 16 February marginally increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water.
The Supreme Court on 16 February marginally increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water.
(Photo Courtesy: IANS)

A cross-section of leaders of farmers’ associations and politicians is upset over the non-committal stand of the Central government on constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) within a specified timeframe, as mandated by the Supreme Court.

On Monday, Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari said the process of setting up the CMB was on, but was ambiguous on whether it would be established within a set timeframe. A section of leaders has expressed apprehension that the Centre might delay the exercise for political reasons. “While we appreciate the anxiety of the BJP to recapture power in Karnataka, we stress that it must not be at our cost,” said Mannargudi S Ranganathan, general secretary, Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. HC to Continue Hearing Suit Filed Against Nissan

The tribunal had recently given time till August for Nissan Motor to submit its reply to the objections raised by the Centre.
The tribunal had recently given time till August for Nissan Motor to submit its reply to the objections raised by the Centre.
(Photo Courtesy: Nissan)

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that an international arbitral tribunal had disposed of its interim application to restrain the high court from proceeding with an anti-arbitration suit filed by the State Government, and therefore, the court could proceed with the hearing.

Senior Counsel PS Raman made the submission before Justice Anita Sumanth who decided to test the maintainability of the suit on 6 March before going into the merits of the case. The automaker as well as the Centre had questioned the maintainability on the ground that domestic courts should keep their hands off international arbitration.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. DMK Whip Accuses Semmalai of Having Committed Perjury

The Madras High Court will soon deliver its verdict regarding the case of 18 disqualified MLAs.
The Madras High Court will soon deliver its verdict regarding the case of 18 disqualified MLAs.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, representing DMK whip R Sakkarapani, on Tuesday accused former Minister S Semmalai of having committed perjury. He claimed that a false statement had been made in the court that no direction or party line whip was issued to AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam for the floor test held on 18 February 2017.

Arguing a case to disqualify Panneerselvam and his team of MLAs for having voted against the government in defiance of their party whip, before Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose, the senior counsel said the former Minister had taken three different stands on the issue. He pointed out that in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission on 16 March 2017, it had been claimed that a whip was indeed issued under the seal of AIADMK.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Disabled Persons Protest in Front of Railway Stations

Their long-pending demand has been that of unique disability ID cards so that persons with disabilities do not need separate ID cards for various government departments, schemes and concessions.
Their long-pending demand has been that of unique disability ID cards so that persons with disabilities do not need separate ID cards for various government departments, schemes and concessions.
(Photo Courtesy: iStock)

Members of the Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently-Abled & Caregivers (TARATDAC) staged protests at 32 railway stations across the State on Tuesday, with a number of demands.

General secretary of TARATDAC, S Nambu Rajan, said over 1,000 persons with disabilities took part in the struggle. Among their demands is for the Railways to provide concessions to all persons with benchmarks disabilities as defined under the law. “At present, the Railways insists that concessions can be given to only those with 100 percent disability,” he said. They also demanded the sensitisation of railway staff to the needs of persons with disabilities and for the coaches for the disabled to not be occupied by other persons. “Stations also continue to be disabled unfriendly. It is not enough to merely provide a ramp — the ramp also has to be up to standards,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Around 8.66 Lakh Students to Write Class XII Exams Tomorrow

As a part of the security arrangements, the question papers will be kept in 296 strong rooms across the State and will be guarded round-the-clock.
As a part of the security arrangements, the question papers will be kept in 296 strong rooms across the State and will be guarded round-the-clock.
(Photo Courtesy: iStockPhoto)

Around 8.66 lakh candidates from 6,903 schools in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will write the Class 12 exams from Thursday, which will begin with the Language 1 paper. Additionally, 40,686 private candidates will also be taking up the exams. The exam will commence at 10 am and end at 1.15 pm

The Directorate of Government Examinations (DGE) announced on Tuesday that this year, 278 new centres have been added. The exams will thus be conducted at 2,794 centres across the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. In Chennai, 50,584 students will be taking up the exams in 156 centres.

(Source: The Hindu)

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